What you will need

  • 1 litre water
  • 1/2 teaspoon household bleach
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (or a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Vase
  • Ice cubes
  • Gardening scissors

Combine liquids, cut rose stems, fill vase with water & add ice

Combine liquids in a jug or vase. The bleach acts as a germicide, killing any bacteria in the water. The vinegar (or lemon juice) keeps the vase water at a pH of 3.5, which ensures the water moves up the stems, and the sugar is plant food. Arrange roses in a vase: Cut the rose stems (our roses are Versilia) under water, removing at least 2.5cm from the stems. If the stems are cut in air, air bubbles are drawn up the stem and block the cells so water cannot be absorbed. Fill the vase with cool water and arrange the stems. Adding ice to the vase will increase the life of cut roses.